RAPPER Magoo, famed for his partnership with R&B icon Timbaland, has passed away aged 50.
As tributes pour in, here is everything to know about the late Up Jumps da Boogie star.
GettyMagoo, right, pictured with Timbaland in 2011[/caption]
Who was Magoo?
Magoo was an American rapper, famed for his partnership with R&B icon Timbaland.
He began working with Timbaland as a teenager in 1989 and went on to produce several iconic hits during their time together.
They released their debut album Welcome to Our World in 1997 – featuring their hit single Up Jumps da Boogie.
Two of the songs – Up Jumps da Boogie and Cop That S*** – featured renowned singer Missy Elliott.
The rappers also appeared on Missy Elliott’s Beep Me 911 in 1997 and Warped in 2013.
Magoo and Timbaland’s third and final album Under Construction, Part II in 2003 was meant as a sequel to Missy Elliott’s Under Construction.
What was Magoo’s real name?
Magoo’s real name was Melvin Barcliff.
He was born in 1973 in Norfolk, Virginia, where he crossed paths with Timothy Mosley, known as Timbaland.
What are Timbaland and Magoo’s most popular songs?
The American super-duo doesn’t just make hits for other stars, spending 165 weeks in the UK Top 40 Charts.
Timbaland and Magoo’s biggest songs include:
Get on the Bus w/ Destiny’s Child (1999)Promiscuous w/ Nelly Furtado (2006)Give It to Me w/ Furtado and Justin Timberlake (2007)The Way I Are w/ Keri Hilson (2007)Ayo Technology w/ 50 Cent and Timberlake (2007)Apologise w/ One Republic (2007)Morning After Dark w/ SoShy and Furtado (2009)If We Ever Meet Again w/ Katy Perry (2010)Carry Out w/ Timberlake (2010)
When did Magoo die?
It is understood that Magoo passed away on Sunday at the age of 50.
No cause of death has been given.
The star’s passing was confirmed by R&B artist Digital Black (Benjamin Bush) of Dru Hill and Playa in an Instagram post.
“Man can’t believe this RIP Magoo damn big bro wasn’t ready for this at all #superfriends,” Bush wrote.
American singer-songwriter Ginuwine also appeared to honour Magoo on social media.
He said: “Times get rough but we keep on pushing just heard some news I hope it ain’t true.
“I just want everyone to know that time is short love who you love and make sure they know it.”